9 Classic Children’s Books for Young Kids

Fish in a Boat Childrens Book Illustration
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Every parent has fond memories of their favorite books of childhood ranging from stories of adventure, suspense, humor, and heartfelt drama.

Have you discovered your own child’s favorite type of book? If you haven’t, keep experimenting with different types of literature to find what peaks your child’s interests.

Start a Home Library for Your Child

Start a home library of classic children’s books to ensure your child has plenty of books to choose from.  Research studies show that the number of  “hardcopy” books available to children in their home directly correlates with their overall literacy development.  Simply having books available in your home improves their reading outcomes.

Here are some of Famlii’s favorite children’s books to kick start your  library and to help your child develop their own love of reading.  Enjoy!.

All-Time Classic Children’s Book Favorites

Good Night Gorilla Taking Keys
Illustration by Peggy Rathmann
Good Night, Gorilla

by Peggy Rathman

Kids love sneaky gorilla and his night time antics.


Prince Reginald Scolds the Paper Bag Princess.
Illustration by Michael Martchenko
The Paper Bag Princess (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Munsch for Kids)

by Robert Munsch

Little girls need more positive role models like this take-charge Princess.

Doctor De Soto Cleans the Fox's Teeth
Illustration by William Steig
Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

Clever kids will love how Dr. De Soto outwits the Fox.

You Turned the Page Grover
Illustration by Michael Smollin
The Monster at the End of This Book

by Jon Stone, Michael Smollin

Don't Turn the Page! You'll never forget your child's reaction to lovable Grover.

Little Mouse After the Strawberry Falls
Illustration by Don Wood
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

by Audrey Wood

Is there a bear? Who ate the strawberry? Are we the bears? Your kids will get a kick out of it!

Brown Bear from Book
Illustration by Eric Carl
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by Eric Carle

A beautifully artistic way to learn about colors, animals, and literary repetition.

Little House leaving the city
Illustration by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House 70th Anniversary Edition with CD

by Virginia Lee Burton

A classic tale of city versus country life, and how time changes the world around us.

Dogs Jumping Out of Bed
Illustration by P.D. Eastman
Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman's Book of Things That Go

by P.D. Eastman

Stop, Dog, Stop! The light is red. Simple, yet immensely enjoyable reading.

Peddler under tree wearing red caps, blue caps, brown caps, and gray caps.
Illustration by Esphyr Slobodkina
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

by Esphyr Slobodkina

Act out this book with your child. You'll both be laughing!

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